A brief history: Who we are

The Christadelphians are not a new church. Many believers since the time of Jesus have held the same faith as the Christadelphians. There have been countless independent communities around the world who have eagerly studied the Bible and accepted its simple teachings.

The beliefs and practices of the Christadelphians can be traced from the earliest Christians of the 1st and 2nd Centuries in documents such as the Epistle of Clement, the Didache and the original Apostles’ Creed. Throughout the ages, a remnant of believers has always maintained the true Bible faith. With the advent of religious freedom in Europe in the 16th Century Reformation, the same beliefs and practices resurfaced in Bible-minded groups such as the Swiss Anabaptists and Polish Socinians. The early English Baptists held similar beliefs (although these beliefs are not held by Baptists today). In the 18th Century, many leading figures in the Enlightenment such as Sir Isaac Newton held these same beliefs.

The modern Christadelphian movement has its origin in the 1830s, an age of revival and reform in both America and England. In America, a medical doctor, John Thomas, published the Herald of the Kingdom, which set out Bible teaching on basic doctrines, Bible prophecy and the Kingdom of God. Thomas made no claims to any vision or personal revelations—only to try to be a diligent student of the Bible and the original teachings of Jesus Christ.

When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, those Christian groups who were conscientious objectors were required to register with the Union government. As a result, Sam Coffman and other brothers in Ogle County (near Rockford), Illinois, registered themselves as “Christadelphians”, which is the Greek word for “Brethren in Christ.” This name was soon adopted by many like-minded groups of believers in America and Britain.

The Christadelphians of Chicago were established in 1867 and met in various homes and rented rooms. In 1950, we purchased our first building at 2726 N. Fairfield Ave. in Chicago and later moved to 3735 N. Narragansett in Chicago. As many members were moving to the western suburbs, it was decided to sell the building and buy or build a new church in the suburbs. The church finally moved in 1990 to 16th and Highland in Lombard after a merger with the Elgin and Chicago churches, where we remain as a light stand today. Additional information about Christadelphians can be found at: